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Latest genetic and genomic news, media resources, and information of broad interest to students and educators.

Cystic Fibrosis Drug Wins Approval of F.D.A. Advisory Panel

Description: The new treatment, Orkambi, might eventually help nearly half of patients with cystic fibrosis. If approved by the FDA, the drug would be the second in the world that works directly to counteract the genetic defect that causes the disease, rather than just treat the symptoms.

GeneEd Named NHGRI-Smithsonian Resource of the Month

Description: Genome: Unlocking Life's Code, an exhibit created by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the National Human Genome Research Institute, describes GeneEd as powerful, vetted, and robust!

Genomics and Health

Description: Links to genomics and health impact news and publications, as well as to CDC updates and news

Google Wants to Store Your Genome

Description: For $25 a year, Google will keep a copy of any genome in the cloud.

GTEx Findings Reveal New Insights Into How DNA Differences Influence Gene Activity, Disease Susceptibility

Description: Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) project have created a new and much-anticipated data resource to help establish how differences in an individuals genomic make-up can affect gene activity and contribute to disease. The new resource will enable scientists to examine the underlying genomics of many different human tissues and cells at the same time, and promises to open new avenues to the study and understanding of human biology.

Infographic - What Are We Learning from Epigenetics?

Description: An emerging field that could transform how we look at disease causes and prevention

Internet of DNA

Description: A global network of millions of genomes could be the next great advance in medicine.

Navigating GeneEd Web site

Description: A video overview of GeneEd, including its potential use in the classroom and teacher testimonials

Navigating Genetics Education Resources from the National Library of Medicine

Description: A training video on using online genetics education resources from the National Library of Medicine in the classroom

NHGRI Newsroom

Description: A listing of the National Human Genome Research Institute's latest genomic news

NIH Researchers Pilot Predictive Medicine by Studying the DNA of Healthy People

Description: A new NIH study has turned traditional genomics research on its head. Instead of trying to find a mutation in the genomic sequence of a person with a genetic disease, researchers sequenced the genomes of healthy participants and analyzed the data to find presumed mutations that would almost certainly lead to a genetic condition. Results were published today in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

President Obama Speaks on the Precision Medicine Initiative

Description: President Barack Obama outlined a bold, new Precision Medicine Initiative. This Initiative draws on the remarkable advances in multiple areas, particularly genomics!

Researchers Detect Cancer Precursors in Blood DNA Before Disease Develops

Description: New and better genetic tests are finding gene changes that are implicated in disease, including many cancers.

Researchers Grasp Wider Role for Genetic Variation in Regulatory Elements of Genome

Description: New findings provide insights into the effects and roles of genetic variation and parental influence on gene activity in mice and humans, as well as the cause of complex traits and disease in both species.

Resource of the Month

Description: GeneEd has been named NHGRI-Smithsonian Resource of the Month

Scientists Are Growing Anxious About Genome-Editing Tools

Description: Last month, a team of Chinese researchers reported that, in a first-of-its-kind event, they had edited the genomes of human embryos.

Supercomputers Help Solve Puzzle-Like Bond for Biofuels

Description: Klaus Schulten and a team of researchers have discovered one of lifes strongest bonds with the help of supercomputers. The research discovery could boost efforts to develop catalysts for biofuel production from non-food waste plants.

Take the 'Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms' Mobile App With You

Description: Information on the release of the National Human Genome Research Institute's 'Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms' mobile app

Tweets of the Week

Description: Follow tweets written by Dr. Khoury, the director of the CDC's Office of Public Health Genomics